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Ocasio-Cortez Promises $15-an-hour Intern "Living Wage" (Math & Economics Disagree)

07 December 2018

When the office of Ocasio-Cortez responded to the Washington Post and called their critique semantic in nature, they rejected the excuse.

She added it is unjust for Congress to budget their own living wages and rely on unpaid and underpaid workers to help carry the load of the offices they work for.

According to the Washington Post, House members of both parties rarely pay interns. The Nation article does not allege that $21 trillion has gone missing at the Pentagon, nor does it suggest that a crackdown on alleged fraud would produce trillions of dollars that could be invested in other ways.

On Monday, she said that when she went to a "dive spot in D.C. for some late night food," she talked with the staff.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected US House representative, called out her future colleagues in Congress, including Democrats, for paying their low-level staffers salaries below the "living wage" and for employing unpaid interns, even as members of Congress are paid multiple times more than the average American. I chatted up the staff.

She also tweeted on Monday that she has seen congressional employees waiting tables on the side. "SEVERAL bartenders, managers, & servers *currently worked in Senate + House offices, *" she wrote.

Areport in 2017 from non-profit group Pay Our Interns found that in the House, just 8% of Republicans and 3.6% of Democrats pay interns. A former congressional intern himself, Vera explained how the system of unpaid jobs in the Capitol has everything to do with keeping working-class students and people from low-income families out of the halls of power. Most interns go unpaid in the nation's capital; unsurprisingly, more Republicans now offer paid internships than Democrats. "Schumer told FOX Business that, as of January, the office will offer 'eligible interns" a stipend".

In September Congress approved a spending bill that set aside $14million for the lawmakers to pay their interns with $8.8million for the House and $5million for the Senate. Each member of Congress is allowed four interns at a time.

Ocasio-Cortez Promises $15-an-hour Intern